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Oregon Coast's Original

Fishing and Whale Watching Charter

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Ahoy! Welcome Aboard!

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with Tradewinds Charters, the ultimate whale watching and fishing hotspot on the Oregon Coast! For over 80 years, our Depoe Bay whale-watching tours have dazzled and amazed guests, offering the best whale watching Oregon has to offer. With our fleet of 6 state-of-the-art, fully equipped vessels and our experienced, knowledgeable, and super-friendly captains and crew, we specialize in family-friendly whale watching and scenic boat tours.

But wait, there's more! We offer some of the best adrenaline-pumping sportfishing adventures tailored to create unforgettable memories. Embrace our "Quit Wishin' Go Fishin'" spirit and charter one of our fishing trips.  Our fishing trips cater to anglers of all skill levels, targeting a variety of fish species. Embark on our popular 5-hour Bottom Fishing trip to catch Lingcod, Sea Bass, Canaries, Cabezon, China Rock, and Sea Trout, or enhance your experience with our 5-hour Bottom Fishing and Crabbing combo for a taste of Oregon's delicious Dungeness crab.

For the ultimate challenge, join our Salmon Fishing trip during the Coho and Chinook Salmon season, and experience the excitement of multiple fish on at once and the iconic Salmon dance. Or, try our Pacific Halibut trip starting in May, and reel in one of the best-eating fish out there.

If you're up for a high-energy experience, our Albacore Tuna trip, starting in mid-July, is perfect for seasoned fishermen and newcomers alike. With satellite imagery to locate these Silver Bullets, you'll have multiple hookups and even more opportunities for fun.

We offer online booking and discounts for booking online, as well as discounts for veterans, military, and frontline workers. At our office, you can purchase fishing licenses and take advantage of our additional services, such as fish filleting, crab cooking, and vacuum packing. We also offer private charters for memorial ashes at sea and weddings.

Tradewinds Charters is committed to operating sustainably, and we proudly partner with the Oregon Kelp Alliance (ORKA) to help preserve our kelp forests. We can't wait to welcome you aboard and show you the beauty of Oregon's marine wildlife, all in a family-friendly, professional, and fun environment!

Tradewinds is located on highway 101 at the North end of the bridge in Downtown Depoe Bay. Our private dock is located conveniently just below our office. With flags flying you’ll see our office which overlooks both the Pacific Ocean, and our harbor. We are always happy to answer your questions, so just give us a call at 541-765-2345 or fill out our Information Request Form. From individuals to large groups, Tradewinds, with our vast experience, is here to provide you with your best ocean experience. Be sure and explore the rest of our web site for great pictures and details about our charter services.

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The Staff and Skippers here at Tradewinds


Latest Fish Report

Fishing Report

Tradewinds Crew

Today's fishing trips aboard Outer Limits and Mariner to the rockfish reefs were successful, providing anglers with a rewarding day on the water. The catches were plentiful, offering our guests a fun fishing experience.

The crew aboard Tribute had an exciting salmon expedition, resulting in a day filled with action and adventure. Despite the need to release some native fish, anglers managed to reel in 7 keeper Coho!

Upcoming trips for Rockfish and Salmon adventures are available daily, catering to anglers of all skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned angler or new to fishing, there's an opportunity for an exciting fishing experience with Tradewinds Charters.

To make a reservation or for more information, please call us at 541-765-2345 or visit Join us for a day of fishing fun and camaraderie on the water!  Quit Wishin'!

Thank you for choosing Tradewinds Charters for your fishing adventures. 🎣🌊🐟

Fishing Seasons for Depoe Bay Oregon


Spring All-Depth Halibut Season: Opens May 1st with a 2 per person limit, and you can retain by-catch of Rockfish and Ling Cod

Back-Up Dates (If Quota Remains): TBA

Summer All-Depth Halibut Season: Opens In August.  Date TBA.

Summer Selective Coho Salmon Season: Opens: June 15 through August 18th OR 45,000 Quota 

Bag Limit: 2 Fin Clipped Coho Salmon

September Non-selective Coho Salmon Season: Sept 1-30.  25,000 Quota

Bag Limit: 2 Fish Limit. 

Albacore Tuna Fishing – Start checking our fishing reports towards the end of June for catch updates. 

Deep Water Lingcod Trips – Call us.

Bottom Fishing Trips – Open year round 

Whale Watching – 

Embark on an unforgettable whale watching experience with our premier Depoe Bay whale-watching tours. During the winter months of December through February and the spring months of March through May, our vessels venture into the open ocean to witness the majestic migration of Gray Whales. In the winter, these magnificent creatures travel south from their Alaskan summer feeding grounds to the warm, shallow lagoons of northern Mexico, while in the spring, they make their way back north to Alaska.

But the excitement doesn't end there! In the summer months and well into the fall, we are thrilled to have resident Gray Whales that call Depoe Bay their home, providing fantastic whale watching opportunities almost year-round. These magnificent residents feed right here in Depoe Bay, and we've even given names to our beloved local Gray Whales.

With a remarkable 98% sighting success rate on our cruises, you'll be sure to hear exhilarating cries of "Thar she blows!" echoing around the boat as we bring you up close and personal with these awe-inspiring giants of the sea. Experience the best whale watching on the Oregon Coast and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Ocean Dungeness Crabbing – Open thru October 15, 2024

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Depoe Bay Marine Conditions
1 & 2 Hour Whale Watching Cruises
1 & 2 Hour Whale Watching Cruises

Albacore Tuna
Albacore Tuna

Pacific Halibut
Pacific Halibut

Dungeness crab
Dungeness crab

Ling Cod
Ling Cod

Breaching Gray Whale
Breaching Gray Whale